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Graduate FAQs

What is the Digital Career Accelerator?

It’s a free programme that we have devised and tested to help graduates up-skill and get jobs. First, we start by training you via an online training programme in a specific digital marketing discipline. Secondly, we help you get your first taste of what it’s like to work as a junior digital marketer via an Internship that we organise for you and lastly, we help you find a permanent digital marketing role.

Once you have finished the training in step 1, we create you a profile in our Hiring Hub and that’s where potential employers come to find interns and employees.

What’s the Hiring Hub?

We like to think of the Hiring Hub like a LinkedIn for junior digital marketers. We create you a profile. You just need to provide us with your CV and profile picture and we will do the rest, leaving you the time to concentrate on learning new skills in the training.

Is your training accredited?

At the moment no. We are a brand new business and we are proving the concept of pre-employment training in digital marketing for graduates. We are working on this though. More than anything we think the proof is in the pudding, and so far we have helped a fair few grads into employment. You can check out what they have to say here>>

Can you guarantee me work after the training?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will find you a suitable role, but we promise that we will do our damnedest to help you. We only get paid when we place you into employment, so it really is a win-win for us both.

We pride ourselves in being the best (and only) organisation that specialises in digital marketing training and recruitment. That means we have a much better chance of finding you a role with an employer who needs specific digital marketing skills.

What is a Live Project?

Sometimes a graduate has very little work experience to show on their CV. It’s normal, don’t worry.  You’ve just spent 3-4 years studying, and £40k paying for your education. Even bearing this in mind, we still find that employers would like to see “experience” on your CV. That doesn’t always have to be a 6-month internship. In fact, it can be equally impressive if you have  written a blog and had it published, created a video that has been published, or created some social media posts for a business social media account.

To help those of you who don’t have any portfolio work like this to show off, we run a scheme called Live projects. Each project is designed to take a couple of hours of your time (of course you can always spend more). They are voluntary and you do not have to do them. But crucially they give you something real to link to on your CV to show a potential employer that you have completed a digital marketing task or two.

You can read more about live projects here >>

What is a DigitalGrads Internship?

A DigitalGrads Internship is a fixed-term full-time work contract that typically lasts for between 1-6 months. It is a paid placement designed to get you the all important work experience in a business. Internships are ideal for those of you who have not yet had any consistent time working for one employer in digital marketing. The main difference between a DigitalGrads internships and those from other grad recruitment agencies, is that we are on hand throughout to mentor you and help you with any advice and guidance you may need.

What is a Mentor?

When you undertake an internship we assign you a mentor. It’s your mentors job to ensure that you are happy in your new role and that you understand what is being asked of you. We will brief you fully ahead of the Internship about the role and the employers expectations and we are on hand at all times to answer your questions via Skype, messenger or phone. We also arrange to have a bi-weekly progress catch-up call with you and ideally the employer too.

Does an Internship guarantee me a permanent role?

There are no guarantees in life! It is always our hope that the employer you work for during the Internship offers you a full-time role at the end of the contract. The employers are typically using the Internship programme to try out new graduates for vacant positions.

A Digital Marketing For Grads Mentor is the person you will report to throughout the training and who is the lead marketing person in charge of the Business Partner’s campaign and will be on-hand to give you any support and advice that you may need on your campaign plan.

What happens if I’m not offered a permanent role at the end of the Internship?

First off it’s not the end of the world, and doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. Businesses change their minds about all sorts of things – all of the time. It’s also not goodbye from us. Now that you have an Internship under your belt we will work equally hard to find you a permanent position. We will update and re-fresh your Hiring Hub profile to reflect all the fab new experience you have, and we will help you find a permanent position.

If I do an internship or the training with you, do I have to get a full-time role through you?

You are not bound to us in any way. It’s our hope that our Digital Career Accelerator helps you get a permanent role, of course we’d like it to be through us, but the important thing is that you get a job. So whether that’s through us or through someone else, we will be congratulating you all the same.

 

How much does the training cost?

The good news is that it’s completely free for recent graduates. It’s free because we know you come out of uni with a huge debt, and this is the point in your life when you need a break. Think of us like your fairy godmother!

To be clear, we do get paid. The employer pays us when they hire you, so we’re not only doing it out of the goodness of our hearts. We have to eat too.

 

What salary can I expect to earn at the end of the training?

It really depends upon who you go on to work for, and what industry the business operates in. You will be paid at the rate of the National Living Wage whilst you are learning during your Internship (which is £7.05 per hour for 21-24 year olds). Should the employer take you on as a full-time member of staff thereafter, we find that many of our graduates start on salaries of much more than that.

Can I take the training if I’m not a recent graduate?

The DigitalCareer Accelerator is designed especially for recent grads. If you are keen to take the training please get in touch with us on hello@digitalgrads.com and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

DigitalGrads was created in response to the fact that graduates who finish their studies do not have the digital skills that employers are looking for, and are repeatedly told to “work for free” to get some experience. We consider a recent graduate to be someone who has graduated within the last 3 years.

Am I guaranteed a place?

You’ve heard this before. There are no guarantees! We have high demand for our training courses, and a limited number of places on our courses. You will have to meet our eligibility criteria to get a place which involves completing an online form and chatting to one of our team first. We’re looking for grads with a genuine desire to work in digital marketing. To find out if you are eligible, fill out our simple application form and we will be in touch to take a few more details from you.

Do I need prior experience in digital marketing?

You do not need any previous experience in digital marketing to take our Digital Career Accelerator. This course was created to help graduates like you get the skills and experience they need to work in the industry. If you do have some prior work experience – great – you are still more than welcome to take the training.

How many hours a week does the training require?

We recommend you allocate around 5 hours per week for 1-2 weeks. We will create you a personalised training programme so you can fit the study in around your life. Training can be taken an hour at a time, one hour per day, or you can get your head down and get it done over a couple of days if you have the time to do that.

Can I do the training in my own time?

All of the course can be completed in your own time, at your own pace, whenever you want to do it. All we ask is that you make yourself available for catch-ups with your Mentor and our training organisers.

 

Can I work in paid employment during the training?

Yes of course. We understand that you need to work to pay  the bills just as we do. If you are in full-time work we suggest that you try to allocate an hour a day to the training. We will send you SMS and email reminders with links to the training videos.

 

 

What do other Digital Marketing Trainees go on to do afterwards?

7/10 Trainees go on to work for their Business Partner as a full time employee and 2/10 of our Trainees go on to secure digital marketing roles with other businesses, either through our scheme or a role that they find themselves. Crucially, our scheme works to help you get employed.

 

Hopefully these FAQs have answered most of your questions. If you would like to know anything else please just send us an email to hello@digitalgrads.com. And, if you’re ready to get started head on over here to reserve yourself a training spot.